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Rockland — The 2013 Maine Lobster Festival Main Stage will feature shows by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; 1990s rockers The Spin Doctors; 1970s heartthrob David Cassidy; indie faves The Mallett Brothers Band; and the music of John Lennon as performed by members of Devonsquare and Aztec Two-Step.
Paid seating in front of the stage is available separately for the Spin Doctors, Preservation Hall and David Cassidy shows. These tickets are $25 and include festival admission. They are available online at mainelobsterfestival.com; by phone at (800) 562-2529 (i.e., LOB-CLAW); or at either the Camden or Rockland office of the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce. All other music is included in festival admission.
The 66th Annual Maine Lobster Festival will kick off Wednesday, July 31, with the arrival of King Neptune and the raising of the American flag. As always, Wednesday night’s entertainment is the Coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess.
On Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m., The Nutopians will celebrate the genius and artistry of John Lennon. The Nutopians is an elegant award-winning eight-piece ensemble created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare. The band gives remarkably fresh acoustic-oriented treatments to Lennon’s Beatles and solo song compositions that often inspire a whole new appreciation for late icon’s music. The Mallett Brothers Band will perform on the main stage at 8:30 p.m. These hard-working sons of Maine have played past festivals to great response and return on the heels of a landmark new album, “Land,” which is sure to propel them to greater heights.
On Friday, Aug. 2, The Spin Doctors will play at 7:30 p.m. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the group’s landmark debut album “Pocket Full of Kryptonite,” the band's four original members — frontman Chris Barron, guitarist Eric Schenkman, bassist Mark White and drummer Aaron Comess — can still appreciate the uncanny, enduring musical rapport that's allowed them to maintain the upbeat energy and restless creativity that first endeared them to their fiercely devoted fan base.
Saturday evening, Aug. 3, opens with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 5:30 p.m. The band, which derives its name from the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe and has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans jazz. At 8:30 p.m., David “I think I Love You” Cassidy will take the stage. A megastar, thanks to the chart-topping hit from "The Partridge Family,” by the time he was 20, Cassidy is still electrifying audiences today across the country and around the world.
The full festival schedule, entertainment and otherwise, is posted on the website. Regular festival admission will be as follows. On Wednesday, admission is $5, $2 for children age 6 to 12. Thursday through Saturday, admission is $8/$2, free for younger children. Admission is free for all on Sunday, Family Fun Day. Discounted four-packs of on-day tickets are available this year, $25 for adults and $8 for children 6 to 12.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.